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Northern Spotted Owl (strix occidentalis caurina) at the University of California, Davis California Raptor Center.

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Northern Spotted Owl (strix occidentalis caurina) at the University of California, Davis California Raptor Center.

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A federally threatened northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Washington.

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A federally threatened northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Washington.

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A federally threatened northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Washington.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) in a fresh clear cut near Merlin. This is an educational bird that is non-releasable and held by Wildlife Images, a rehab center near Merlin, Oregon.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) in a fresh clear cut near Merlin. This is an educational bird that is non-releasable and held by Wildlife Images, a rehab center near Merlin, Oregon.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) in a fresh clear cut near Merlin. This is an educational bird that is non-releasable and held by Wildlife Images, a rehab center near Merlin, Oregon.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) in a fresh clear cut near Merlin. This is an educational bird that is non-releasable and held by Wildlife Images, a rehab center near Merlin, Oregon.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) in a fresh clear cut near Merlin. This is an educational bird that is non-releasable and held by Wildlife Images, a rehab center near Merlin, Oregon.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) in a fresh clear cut near Merlin. This is an educational bird that is non-releasable and held by Wildlife Images, a rehab center near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) in a fresh clear cut near Merlin. This is an educational bird that is non-releasable and held by Wildlife Images, a rehab center near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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A federally threatened northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) being photographed by Joel Sartore.

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Joel Sartore’s photograph of a northern spotted owl was featured on the cover of the October – November 2011 issue of National Wildlife Magazine.

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This bird earned questionable notoriety as a job buster. It is the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), listed as threatened in 1990; it w as expected to cause thousands of job losses by disrupting logging in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The actual cost of protection to the regional economy is not yet known.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) named Opal at Wildlife Images, a wildlife rehabilitation and education center near Merlin, Oregon. (IUCN: Near Threatened; US: Threatened)

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